Bedbugs discovered at Sinai Hospital

Infestation contained to one room in Cancer Institute, official says

August 15, 2012|By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

Bedbugs were discovered in an outpatient treatment room at Sinai Hospital late last week, according to a spokeswoman for Lifebridge Health, which operates the hospital.

The bugs were determined to have come from one man who'd received treatment in the multi-patient room in the Alvin and Lois Lapidus Cancer Institute, said Betsy Haley, the spokeswoman.

Following their discovery, "efforts were made to get rid of the bugs entirely and then to make sure that no other areas were affected," Haley said.

On Tuesday night, dogs trained to sniff out and locate bedbugs were brought to the institute for more thorough checks, but no more bugs were found, Haley said.

No patients were treated in any infested area after the initial discovery of the problem, Haley said. She did not know how many patients had recently used the room where the bugs were found.

The hospital, which is in the city's Levindale neighborhood, will continue to conduct checks with the dogs during the next month as a precaution, Haley said.

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